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Towboat-barge moving upstream

Towboat-barge moving upstream

Upstream of Havana

This photograph was taken from a canoe about a mile upstream of Havana, on the Fulton County side of the river. The Illinois River is a busy commercial navigation waterway throughout the year, but such craft are slow-moving and easy to avoid. During the summer months canoeing is not a very pleasurable experience on the river because of the heavy traffic in speedboats, personal watercraft, and large cruisers. But from October through April, motorized recreational boat traffic decreases greatly, and the river is compatible with the slow, easy pace of paddling a canoe.